Tuesday, 24 May 2016

21-Year-Old Nigerian Man Jailed 17 Years In The UK For Armed Robbery After Victim Recognised Him On Facebook

An armed robber in Birmingham was caught following a two month violent crime spree, after he was recognised by one of his victims on Facebook. The photo of Nigerian Omar Famuyide popped up in the “people you may know” section of the social media site as the victim browsed online. He was astonished to recognise him as the robber who stole his BMW at gunpoint in the street months earlier.

21-year-old Famuyide, was one of two men who burst into the Ambassador’s Relaxation Suite on 13 July last year and assaulted women inside, threatening them with a metal bar and a handgun. The pair then fled the Florence Street venue in the city centre empty handed while firing a shot inside building. Fortunately nobody was seriously hurt.

A month later he walked up to a man in Highgate, held a gun to his head and demanded the keys to his BMW. He then stole the car. It was found two days later parked on a road in Edgbaston, along with a firearm which was examined and found to be the gun that fired a bullet at the relaxation suite a month earlier.

Also found were keys to a Seat Leon, which was stolen by a man with a knife in Highgate on the same night that the BMW taken. After the victim of the Seat Leon robbery contacted officers in August to say he recognised the offender on Facebook,Famuyide was arrested.

At his house, detectives found a distinctive fisherman’s style hat, identical to that worn by the offender during the disorder at the relaxation suite, a machete, a balaclava, a number of mobile phones and another combat knife.

At Birmingham Crown Court today he was jailed for 17 years after being convicted of one count of robbery (Southacre Avenue), one count of attempted robbery (Ambassadors Suite) two counts of possession of a firearm and one count of possession of a knife.

Source: ITV News/Mirror.co.uk

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